Reasons Why You Should Visit Milwaukee

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Kelsey Grace Pfeifer

When thinking of a destination for spring or winter break, Milwaukee is probably not the first place that comes to mind. But this industrial boomtown should be! Milwaukee blends old-world charm with modern attractions, making it a great tourist station. From the people to the most-famous beer in the world, here are our top recommendations for you to see when in town.

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It’s the beer capital

It’s a fact: Milwaukee makes some of the best beer in the world. While most widely known for being home to the famous Miller Brewery, Milwaukee also touts some of the best micro and craft breweries. Lakefront Brewery is a staple in the city, and Sprecher is also well worth a visit.

There is cool architecture

Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory Milwaukee Wisconsin “The Domes”

The city of Milwaukee goes through an entire gamut of weather conditions and temperatures, so it’s nice when the architecture reflects the climate! With Miller Park, home to the Milwaukee Brewers, this is prevalent with its unique retractable roof. Some other buildings in the city are using transformation in a unique way as well, such as the Milwaukee Art Museum opening and closing its wings to indicate when the museum is open or closed.

There are beautiful parks…

Very few give Milwaukee the credit it deserves when it comes to how beautiful the nature is. With architecture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and parks designed by his son, there is constant and picturesque greenery. Places such as Doctor’s Park offer hiking options, and there’s the lake that offers a spectacular view at any moment’s notice.

…and beautiful people

Film director Richard Curtis said that when he wrote the movie Love Actually, he didn’t realize that people in Milwaukee weren’t considered the most beautiful. Boy, was he wrong! Milwaukee is home to the best of the Midwest when it comes to guys and gals. It’s also the home of celebrities such as Rachel Broshnahan and Jessica Szohr.

It has its own style

Looks aren’t the only reason to love the people in Milwaukee… their style totally makes them a lovable breed, too. Hipsters and preps alike occupy the city, so finding someone to relate to is really easy. While fashion juggernaut Chicago is only an hour away, Milwaukee residents are far more likely to find a thrift store and turn a neglected item into an absolute gem.

Milwaukee is on the rise

One of the best things about Milwaukee is that it never seems to stop growing. Visit only once a year and you may notice new buildings, new street art, or even a completely new vibe to the entire city. Improvement is definitely a Milwaukee staple, which makes every visit different and unique.

The beaches are great

Let’s be honest, Milwaukee residents are bizarrely proud of their beaches – and they should be! During the incredibly beautiful and mild summers, places such as Bradford Beach are filled with people sunbathing or playing volleyball. With the beautiful Lake Michigan as a backdrop, Milwaukee almost resembles a tropical paradise, instead of a gleaming silver city.

You’ll find the best festivals in the world

For music-lovers or if you’re just looking for an interesting new experience, Milwaukee’s festivals are the place to be. Summerfest is the biggest talk of the town in Milwaukee and some people plan all year just to hop on tickets the minute the line-up comes out. Milwaukee also has numerous cultural festivals (all held at the Summerfest grounds) that celebrate the wonderful diversity that the city was founded on.

You can enjoy amazing food

From budget to James Beard award-winning, Milwaukee has restaurants for every palate and price range. Burgers and cheese are obvious favorites when the city has places such as AJ Bombers and Sobelman’s, but upmarket restaurants including Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro and Harbor House are well worth a visit. When it comes to late night hole-in-the-wall fare, Ma Fischer’s or Oakland Gyros will certainly satisfy those 12am hunger pangs.

It’s a great start to a road trip

It doesn’t seem possible, but it is – everywhere in the Midwest is super accessible from Milwaukee! From Des Moines to Detroit, Milwaukee is a great starting point for any Midwest road trip. It’s easy to navigate highway system and the knack for very little traffic makes it the perfect first destination to a Midwest Tour.

The residents know how to party

One of the rites of passage in Milwaukee is going to a Packer’s party (do not mention the Bears or Vikings in this area!), most of which are usually filled with cheese-loving people dressed in green and gold. But it’s not just football that they get excited for —it’s everything. If Milwaukee citizens can bring beer or cheese to an event, it immediately turns into a party. And don’t be afraid to invite yourself if you overhear of a soirée going on; residents definitely practice Midwestern hospitality – as long as you bring Miller Lite instead of Bud Light.

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